At Fifth Avenue Psychiatry, we understand the complexities of alcohol addiction and remain ready to help you. With a commitment to privacy and confidentiality, our Manhattan alcohol addiction psychiatrists provide a discreet, one on one setting so you can move through treatment in a safe environment with the help of our award-winning doctors.
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What Is Alcohol Dependency?
Alcoholism is a dependency that often goes undiagnosed and untreated for a variety of reasons. As the most commonly abused psycho-addictive drug worldwide, an estimated 14 million Americans meet the clinical criteria for alcoholism. Unlike opiates or other illegal substances, alcohol is readily available, legal, and highly commercialized.
How Does Alcohol Addiction Effect the Body?
Only 5% of individuals with alcohol dependence ever experience severe complications of withdrawal (e.g., delirium, grand mal seizures). However, repeated intake of high doses of alcohol can affect nearly every organ system, especially the gastrointestinal tract, cardiovascular system, and the central and peripheral nervous system.
Gastrointestinal effects include gastritis, stomach or duodenal ulcers, and, in about 15% of those who use alcohol heavily, liver cirrhosis and pancreatitis.
There is also an increased rate of cancer of the esophagus, stomach, and other parts of the gastrointestinal tract, as well as high risk for heart disease and low-grade hypertension.
Severe alcohol intoxication also contributes to feelings of sadness and irritability, which contribute to some instances of suicide.
How to Determine Alcohol Addiction
Alcohol use is so widely acceptable that it can be difficult to determine whether or not one has a problem. Paradoxically, alcoholism is so stigmatized that asking for help or getting help presents huge obstacles for many, including business professionals, executives, and others.
At Fifth Avenue Psychiatry, our Manhattan addiction doctors are dedicated to private, discreet alcohol addiction treatment.
Alcohol and Women
Alcohol abuse can be of particular concern for women because their addiction can be more stigmatized and therefore more hidden and isolated. Because of physiological differences in stature, body fat percentage and metabolic rate, women generally retain a higher blood alcohol level than men from the same number of drinks.
Signs of Alcohol Withdrawal
Alcohol dependence has one of the most dangerous withdrawal syndromes. Early stages of alcohol withdrawal include:
- Jitteriness in the hands
- Increased heart rate
- Increased blood pressure
Later stages of withdrawal may last for weeks or months. This is called protracted withdrawal and can occur with stoppage of any addiction. Protracted withdrawal from alcohol dependence can be experienced as:
- Ongoing insomnia
- Difficulty concentrating
- Intense craving for alcohol
- Over-excitable state
Due to the danger of such withdrawal symptoms, alcohol withdrawal must be treated medically.
How Is Alcohol Addiction Treated?
A common alcohol addiction treatment regimen includes treatment with a long-acting benzodiazepine like Librium or Klonopin. However, protracted withdrawal is often treated with medication, such as Campral, or through cognitive behavioral therapy.
At Fifth Avenue Psychiatry, we do not believe one size fits all. That is why our alcohol addiction doctors in Manhattan create customized, science-based treatment plans for every patient.
Our Award-Winning Doctors Provide Treatment in a Discreet, Private Setting
At Fifth Avenue Psychiatry, we understand the difficulty in admitting alcohol dependency and in maintaining treatment. Dr. Glazer's treatment uses a combination of pharmacological and non-pharmacological methods that are customized for maximum efficacy. In addition, a Manhattan outpatient detox can be arranged using medication. Addiction treatment is then focused on the individual, using psychotherapy, relapse prevention, and office-based treatment.
If you or a loved one has a problem with alcohol dependency, contact Fifth Avenue Psychiatry for a confidential consultation.